Friday, June 29, 2012

Frugal Floozie Friday - The Songbird Cafe

The Songbird Cafe is the newest addition to the dining options on the northeast side of town, and so it's today's Frugal Floozie Friday feature in order to let everyone know that it's open for business and ready to welcome you.

Ann Arbor native Jenny Song and her mother, Youn, have opened this spot that is great whether you want to grab a quick coffee and cake to go or linger for awhile over a latte and lunch.  (A greater variety of food options will be available imminently.  But there are so many other treats that it's absolutely worth an initial visit before going back again once the salad bar, sandwiches, and weekend brunch come along.)

The Hummingbird Cake pictured above - a Southern classic, and a very generous portion for $4 - is a rich, moist banana-walnut cake with a luscious, buttery, cream cheese frosting.  This and other baked goods, such as scones and cookies, are provided by the People's Food Co-Op, letting you support two local businesses at once when you cater to your sweet tooth.

I had heard the Samoa latte calling to me ever since the Cafe had posted about its "caramel, coconut, cocoa goodness" on Facebook a few days before my first visit.  (And let me personally thank Taylor, one of the Songbird's "talented baristas," for creating this treat.)  It was the liquid essence of my second-favorite Girl Scout cookie since, as we all know, Thin Mints reign supreme.  This was creamy and definitely showcased the key flavors - a luxurious indulgence at $4.35.

All of the pastries, teas, coffees, juices, sodas, and specialty drinks fall within our mandatory frugal budget of $5 or less per person, ranging in price from $1.50 to $4.60.  There are unique and intriguing lattes, from the seductive Nutella-flavored one to the Cardamom Rose and the Fig Vanilla Black Pepper varieties.  There is also a Tangerine Lavender Hot Cocoa ... something to look forward to when cold weather returns to Michigan (and sadly, we all know it will).

Another really nice feature of The Songbird Cafe - besides the friendliness of Jenny and the staff, the delicious goodies, and the free wi-fi, among other perks - is the half-off sale on leftover baked goods.  Stop by to pick up some scones or cookies for a midnight snack or for the next morning's breakfast!

Visit The Songbird Cafe and say "hi." With lots of light, it's very cheerful; with wood furniture, it offers warmth.  And with great food and drink offerings, served by smiling staff, it'd be a lovely place to become a regular.

The Songbird Cafe
2707 Plymouth Rd.
Ann Arbor, MI 48105
Monday: 7:30 a.m. - 6 p.m.
Tuesday - Friday: 7:30 a.m. - 10 p.m.
Saturday: 8 a.m. - 10 p.m.
Sunday: 8 a.m. - 6 p.m.

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Cranberry Morning said...

Isn't it amazing that one can still find something luscious for five dollars and under! - that hummingbird cake, for example. And I love the name of the cafe. How clever. Even the name alone makes me want to check it out!

Unknown said...

What a cute little sounding cafe.. and the pastries sound delicious.. I think I read something about Nutella flavored....??? YUM!!!

Jean | Delightful Repast said...

I love lattes, and that Samoa latte sounds fab! You and I are in complete agreement about the Girl Scout cookies! I like the look of that cake, too.

Chris said...

I've never had hummingbird cake. It's just too hard to catch those fast little things ;)

Sounds like a cute cafe.

momto8 said...

oh yum..sounds like a great place!! the cake looks delicious!

Judee @ Gluten Free A-Z said...

Intriguing cake and another great choice for Frugal Friday! Please stop by my blog and PICK UP YOUR SUNSHINE AWARD..

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